GALA co-chair Jackie Egan, Bill and Gretchen Sterling and Fr. Dennis Yesalonia, SJ
The New England Province advancement staff welcomed the Jesuit GALA committee to a kick-off meeting in preparation for the 2015 Jesuit GALA, which will be held on April 7 at the Boston Copley Marriott Place. New and returning members, all friends and benefactors of the New England Province, gathered in the McDavitt Center at the province offices in Watertown. In its fifteenth year, the Jesuit GALA raises funds to support the formation and care of Jesuits and the apostolic works of the Province. This year’s co-chairs are Chuck and Gloria Clough, Bill and Jackie Egan and Jim and Lisa Mooney.
Gabriele Delmonaco, provincial assistant for advancement for the New England and New York Provinces, welcomed the GALA Committee to its kick-off meeting and expressed his gratitude for their willingness to serve on this year’s committee. He then proceeded to introduce Very Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ, New England provincial, who will conclude his term in office on December 3. Fr. Sheehan reflected on the growth of the event in attendance and funds raised, since he became provincial in 2009. He also noted that because of the support and generosity of benefactors, especially those serving on the GALA committee, the ministries of the New England Province continue to thrive. Continue reading →
Pictured, from left to right: Fairfield President Fr. Jeffrey von Arx SJ, John C. Meditz, ’70, and student body President Alexander Cucchi ’15 unveil Fairfield’s newly renamed Meditz Hall.
Fairfield University, the Jesuit University in Connecticut, recently honored one of its prestigious alumni, John C. Meditz ’70, during a dedication ceremony for the newly named Meditz Hall. Remarks were given by Fairfield President Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, SJ, and Mr. Meditz as well as Alexander Cucchi ’15 the student body president.
“We often talk about the importance of ‘giving back,’ and of ‘service to our fellow men and women’ when we talk about the unique emphasis of a Jesuit education. For John, these are values he has taken to heart,” said Fr. von Arx of Mr. Meditz. “It is his example, his leadership, and his genuine humility for which we are most grateful.”
Mr. Meditz is a thorough product of Jesuit education. A graduate of Xavier High School in addition to Fairfield, he has served on Fairfield’s board of trustees for several years. In addition to being a supporter of Fairfield University, Mr. Meditz is an active donor of the New York Province Society of Jesus and has provided a generous challenge gift.
The newly christened Meditz Hall houses nearly 200 juniors and seniors. Click here to read more.
During his 58 years in the Society, Fr. Keenan has presided at more than 600 marriages.
In his desk drawer at the New York Province offices on 83rd Street, Fr. James Keenan, SJ, keeps a small black book which he frequently consults but rarely speaks about.
The book is a hand-written record of the marriages, anniversaries and baptisms he has celebrated for relatives, Jesuit graduates, friends and supporters during the 58 years since he entered the Society of Jesus. In all, Fr. Keenan has presided over more than 600 marriages and nearly an equal number of other sacraments that have enabled so many people to lead richer lives, to grow in the Spirit and to become more fully Catholic.
Fr. Keenan has dedicated his life to putting the ideals of St. Ignatius into practice, serving lengthy tenures as president of Xavier High School, McQuaid Jesuit High School, Canisius High School and Saint Peter’s Preparatory School, as well as the New York City Nativity Schools. Along the way, he has left his indelible mark, ministering with a selfless sense of compassion and love, and providing pastoral support to all he encounters. In 2008, Fr. Keenan joined the province staff, extending his personal, caring presence to the Society’s supporters and helping them see the clear connections between their generosity and the many needs of the Province.
“Quite simply, Jim Keenan is an outstanding priest, and all he does and all he is springs from his priesthood,” said Jack Raslowsky, Xavier High School’s president and longtime friend. “In many ways, he embodies the ideals that Pope Francis envisions for priests today—a generous, selfless servant ministering by his presence and his care—in notes, calls, hospital visits, home Masses and through countless celebrations.”
As director of donor relations, Fr. Keenan corresponds with monthly donors in the Jesuit Good Samaritan Club, sends gift acknowledgements and fundraising letters and provides vital help in editing province publications. From the moment he finishes his morning commute and arrives at work (traveling via public transportation from the Xavier Jesuit Community on 16th Street), his phone rings with calls from friends and province supporters who know him as a dear friend, a cherished loved one, the family priest or lifetime spiritual advisor.
“It’s the people who make the job,” Fr. Keenan said. “Many people who support the Jesuits share so generously in other aspects of their lives. So many tell me that they want to do more for others, and it is a tremendous gift to be able to listen to them and help them live out their faith and grow closer to Christ.”
Click the audio player below to listen to Fr. Keenan briefly talk about his black book.
Adapted from JESUITS magazine, Summer 2014.To read the full magazine online, click here.
Members of the golf committee pose for a shot with New York Province Provincial Fr. John Cecero, SJ. From left to right, they are: James Power, Chip Burke, Fr. Cecero, Pat Kelly, Gary Goodenough, Timothy Croak, Matthew Veith, Charles Dietzgen and Marissa del Rosario Blackett. Committee members not pictured: Terrence Clancy, Pete Dagher, Brian Devaney, Lee Hayes, Tom Johnson, William Parry, Bob Postma and Charles Tollinche.
On Monday, September 29, 2014, nearly 100 golfers and supporters attended the 5th Annual Friends of the Jesuits Golf Outing at the beautiful Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, N.Y.
After registering for the day, guests had the opportunity to talk with Jesuits and members of the province staff. Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, the vocation director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces led the golfers in prayer before they teed off.
When the golfers completed the course, they gathered for a reception where they had the chance to catch up with their fellow golfers as well as the Jesuits who came to represent the province. Fr. John Cecero, SJ, the provincial of the New York Province, spoke about the good work that the province does and thanked the donors for their generosity.
“Jesuits will continue to respond to the needs of the Church, and we can flourish because of friends like you,” said Fr. Cecero. “Thank you and God bless you for your generosity and goodness… and be assured that the Jesuits…and especially our Jesuits at Murray-Weigel Hall, pray for you every day.”
The guests were then treated to a lively auction and placed bids for the chance to play on some of the best golf courses in the country. Group awards were given out for foursomes with the best score as well as individual awards for golfers.
The outing was a resounding success. We are grateful to our friends who supported the outing through their participation, sponsorships and donations.
“I will help… but there is a catch!” said John Meditz in response to my request of support for the purchase of the new generator for Murray-Weigel Hall, our healthcare community in the Bronx for senior and infirm Jesuits. “I will pledge $50,000 for the next four years, if you are able to match it with other donors’ contributions,” he added with a smile.
John, an alumnus of Xavier High School ’66 in New York City and of Fairfield University ’70, has supported for many years programs for senior Jesuits at Murray-Weigel Hall and the New York Nativity Schools which recently celebrated their 40th anniversary of helping youngsters break the cycle of poverty through education. His generosity extends also to our Jesuit institutions Xavier High School and Fairfield University.
He credits his Jesuit education with “transforming a young man into a ‘man for others’.” This man for others is now in turn transforming the lives of many young men and women in Jesuit schools. He is also caring for senior Jesuits who, after so many years of service, are now in need of medical, physical, and spiritual care.
Thanks to John, Murray-Weigel Hall will have soon a new generator… but there is a catch! Will you help us meet this challenge with your gift? Please contact me for more information by clicking here.
By: Gabriele Delmonaco, Vice President for Advancement